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A city street is a terrible thing to waste

To stop the killing of pedestrians on New York City Streets, we have to change the way we build our streets.

Mon, Dec 21st 2015 8:27am
The new science of traffic engineering

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes of travel.

Sat, Dec 12th 2015 9:56am
What traffic engineers can learn from doctors

If traffic engineering had been practiced more like medicine, the combination of data and proposed solutions would have resulted in a substantial soul-searching and in a reversal of common practice.

Sun, Dec 6th 2015 8:18am
Reclaiming the median for development
Granary Row, a seasonal pop-up festival that has operated for two years, uses old shipping containers to create retail stores and a open-air stage, and a beer garden has been fenced off—all in the middle of the road, along a block-length section an old industrial area. 
Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 1:26pm
As traffic deaths rise, blame engineering dogma

US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports.

Sun, Nov 29th 2015 2:25pm
Waste in the name of walkability

When a $7.2 million project designed to improve quality of life through walkability fails to meet any walkability goals, there's a problem.

Tue, Nov 24th 2015 2:09pm
Freeway Free: A vision for the city

Freeway-Free San Francisco, a new report by CNU, lays out a plan for better living and transportation while making room for affordable housing.

Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 8:06am
Comedic history of how cars took over cities

The TruTV show Adams Ruins Everything ran an episode on cars that is a good history of American favoritism toward automobile transportation and why that hurts people.

Thu, Nov 12th 2015 2:25pm
Complete Streets should be No Big Deal

Until truly Complete Streets become a normal part of transportation engineering, this profession will remain primary preventers of creating places people love.

Wed, Oct 21st 2015 10:40am
FHWA prepares to knock down complete street barrier

The Federal Highway Administration wants to drop 11 of 13 mandatory standards for thoroughfares under 50 mph, which is another domino falling in favor of complete streets, engineers say.

Tue, Oct 13th 2015 9:36am
Streets are about economics and urban design more than engineering

A fascinating Internet discussion makes the case for solving congestion problems using economic, rather than engineering, strategies. But urban design should also be considered.

Wed, Oct 7th 2015 9:14am
Walk Appeal and public health
Do you want food that is merely edible? How about a cup of coffee that is just drinkable? What we need isn’t places that are solely walkable, but rather places with Walk Appeal.
Tue, Sep 15th 2015 8:31am
Bye, bye 'collector,' hello 'avenue'

LA's new Mobility Plan 2035 replaces auto-centric thoroughfare designations with new urban terms.

Tue, Sep 8th 2015 4:22pm
Smart thinking on transportation

Street Smart, a first-hand account from a contrarian engineer who rose to the top of his profession when the automobile was king, offers valuable insights into America's infrastructure problems.

Tue, Sep 8th 2015 11:21am
We don't really care about automobile accidents

After all the gruesome crashes, with countless little crosses lining the roadways, here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t really care. We don’t really care how many people die or are injured.

Wed, Aug 19th 2015 10:03am
Over-wide streets? You may regret it

A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians.

Fri, Aug 7th 2015 9:54am
Progress depends on more 'infrastructure of community'

Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Here's why the infrastructure is so important.

Thu, Jul 30th 2015 11:53am
The political battle over America's streets and roads

Now that demand for walkable urban places outstrips supply, a generational political crash is emerging over infrastructure.

Fri, Jul 24th 2015 1:30pm
How to make streets safer worldwide

The World Resources Institute has published Cities Safer By Design—offering technical details on solutions that new urbanists have been talking about for two or three decades. 

Fri, Jul 24th 2015 9:28am
A mixed-use waterfront for the city

A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-related neighborhood in Ithaca—an unusual amenity in Upstate New York.

Fri, Jun 12th 2015 10:43am
A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

Wed, Jun 10th 2015 9:11am
Turning a barrier into a boulevard

One idea explored in Form Ithaca's form-based code design charrette is how to convert a highway into a mixed-use walkable part of the city's urban fabric. 

Mon, Jun 8th 2015 5:39pm
Narrow streets help in bicycle commuting

Philadelphia has Little Asphalt--and that creates a network that allows for appealing pedestrian and bicycle travel.

Thu, May 21st 2015 8:26am
A better plan for the other side of the tracks

On the "wrong side of the railroad tracks" from downtown—The East End of Garland, Texas, has significant potential to revitalize. A new plan shows how that could happen.

Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:22am
How complete streets help people and economies

Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

Tue, Apr 21st 2015 9:49am

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The new science of traffic engineering

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes of travel.

Sat, Dec 12th 2015 9:56am
As traffic deaths rise, blame engineering dogma

US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports.

Sun, Nov 29th 2015 2:25pm
We don't really care about automobile accidents

After all the gruesome crashes, with countless little crosses lining the roadways, here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t really care. We don’t really care how many people die or are injured.

Wed, Aug 19th 2015 10:03am

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‘Shared-space’ streets cross the Atlantic

Cities in the western and eastern US are starting to let motorists and pedestrians deal with one another more intuitively.

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 1:15pm

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